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Cedar Rapids Man Pleads Guilty to Being a Prohibited Person in Possession of Firearms

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

A prohibited person who possessed firearms pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Kyler Goettsch, age 26, of Cedar Rapids, was convicted of one count of being a prohibited person in possession of firearms.  At the plea hearing, Goettsch admitted that, in November 2023, he possessed a Springfield pistol and a Sig Sauer pistol after having been convicted of four felonies and a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Goettsch remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Goettsch faces a possible maximum sentence of fifteen years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN).  PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Cedar Rapids Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Court file information is available at  The case file number is CR 24-16.

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Updated June 4, 2024

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